The wife of two-time U.S. Olympic distance runner Pat Porter confirmed her husband, her 15-year-old son and her son's friend died in a fiery plane crash in Sedona on Thursday morning.
Trish Porter of Albuquerque, NM said Friday that her 53-year-old husband was piloting the plane that crashed on takeoff.
The small, twin-engine Beech 60 was registered to Porter, but the family and authorities declined to immediately confirm the victims' identities.
Trish Porter said her son Connor and his 14-year-old Albuquerque Academy classmate Connor Mantsch were also on the plane.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the airplane went off the end of the runway at Sedona Airport just before 9 a.m. and burst into flames, killing all three people on board.
Pat Porter competed in the 10,000-meter run at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles and 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea.
Trish Porter is also a former Olympian. She was a high jumper for the U.S. in Seoul. She met Pat Porter during a pre-Olympic training camp for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating this accident. NTSB is the lead investigative agency.
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